Table

How do you describe a space
That is the same regardless of location?
This plane we seat ourselves before
Wields an enchantment,
Capturing us in conversation,
Building families of all kinds.
Each time, we leave different than we came–
Full in stomach and in heart.

All I know: we’re invited to a feast,
Which I know is a symbol,
But also a means for achieving itself.
We drink the living water and we eat
Solid food and
Suddenly we’ve found You
In our midst.

 
1 Oh, all who thirst, come to the waters,
and the one who has no money,
come buy and eat,
come buy wine and milk without money and without price.

2 Why do you pay money for what is not bread
and labor without satisfaction?
Listen carefully to me: eat of good things,
and take delight in abundance.
Isaiah 55:1-2

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Thankful

For the usual things
Made more special for their expectedness:
Family
Friends
Food.

For things beautiful and strange:
Books with voices that strengthen my own;
An orange cat with winsome determination;
Crackling fires facilitating laughter and conversation.

And for things unusual:
Love beyond measure,
And grace that finds us
Even in the midst of our wanderings.

Eating

Where did you spend your money this year?

Mashed potatoes with the mushroom gravy
Chinese takeout
Pizza
Beer
Largest pot of spaghetti
Soup (vegetarian)
Bread
Macaroni from a box
Wine. Bottles on bottles.
Cake

A general principle:
That food carries friends closer
A glass or three in good company
Can do more than many church services.

So I trade money for flour and butter
And barter sustenance for companionship
To fill their stomachs and my soul.